The Benefits And Side Effects Of Delay Creams & Sprays

image of several delay sprays used to assess the benefitsDelay creams and sprays are an easy and immediate solution for premature ejaculation that appeal to many men.

They can be especially useful if your problem is caused by physical sensitivity rather than factors like anxiety or a lack of arousal control.

In this article you’ll find out more about the pros and cons of using a delay cream or spray, helping you work out if it’s the right option for you or not.

And if you’ve already decided you want to try one, you might like to see my recommendations of the best delay sprays and creams.

The benefits

1. An easy option which requires minimal effort

Using a delay cream is perhaps the quickest and easiest approach to dealing with premature ejaculation. All you need to do is apply it before you have sex, wait a few minutes before washing it off, and you’re good to go.

2. Use on demand

A delay cream only needs to be applied each time you have sex. So if you don’t have sex often, you don’t need to worry about continually taking something just in case. This is in stark contrast to some other treatments such as anti-depressants, which would need to be taken every day.

3. The ingredients are usually safe

The ingredients used are typically Benzocaine and Lidocaine, topical anesthetics which are generally thought to be safe for most people. Durex condoms, Promescent, Super Dragon 6000, Doc Johnson, Rock hard and Stud 100, for example, all use either of those.

Some people may have adverse reactions to a topical anesthetic cream, but it’s quite rare and most people tolerate the ingredients well.

4. Available without a prescription

Most delay creams can be bought over the counter or ordered online, without the need for a prescription. So if you’re not keen on talking to your doctor about it, this is a discreet self-help option that can avoid any potential embarrassment.

5. The numbing is usually effective

The most important question when considering a delay cream is of course whether it actually works of not. Most of them do work, and sometimes very well.

However, the numbing action is sometimes a little too strong and causes other problems, as you’ll see in the next section.

Possible issues and side effects

1. Loss of erection

One of the common side effects of delay products is too much numbing. If the cream is too strong, or you put too much on, you may end up with reduced sensation.

This can sometimes also result in difficult getting or maintaining an erection. You then have to wash off what you can, and wait for the anesthetic to wear off before trying again. Not an ideal situation in the throws of passion.

2. Loss of pleasure

Another common problem with desensitizing creams is that you effectively have a trade-off. You should last longer in bed, but you might enjoy the sensation less.

It could be argued that you have less pleasure, but have it for longer so it’s a good trade. And you also get pleasure in knowing that you’re satisfying your partner, which is of course very important.

3. Transference to your partner

Any numbing cream has the potential to cause some problems for your partner if it transfers to the, either through penetrative sex or oral.

So it’s important to follow the instructions carefully (If you bought one that doesn’t have clear instructions, take a look at my article about using delay sprays correctly).

But sometimes transference still happens for various reasons, such as getting the timing wrong or not washing it off properly. An easy way to avoid this is to use a condom, and if you have unprotected sex make sure you wash it off properly before sex.

4. Having to apply it before having sex

Depending on your personal situation, the act of applying the spray or cream can be an issue.

If you’re in a relationship, or with an understanding person, it’s probably not so much of an issue – especially if you know exactly when you’re going to have sex.

But if you’re with a new partner, or it’s spontaneous sex, it can be a bit of a passion killer to pop into the bathroom to apply it and then wait to wash it off.

My advice is to just be up front about it and make the most of that time to focus on giving your partner some amazing foreplay. Hopefully they’ll be too busy being pleasured to make you feel awkward about the cream.

5. Not a cure – the long-term cost

Desensitizing products can’t cure premature ejaculation, so if you choose to use them on an ongoing basis, you’ll have to keep buying them.

If you have the money, you might feel that it’s worth the cost. And even if you don’t have all the money in the world, the chances are you’ll still find enough for the upkeep of your sex life. But at the end of the day, the cost will add up if you have an active life between the sheets.


As you can see, there are good reasons for and against using a desensitizing product. The main positives are that they are easy to get, work quickly and you don’t have to put any effort into learning ejaculation control.

The main problems are that it’s not a cure and it can cause a loss of pleasure and erection strength.

My advice is that if you need something to help right now, it’s worth trying one to see if it suits you. Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully and don’t skip the part where you wash it off before sex.

359 thoughts on “The Benefits And Side Effects Of Delay Creams & Sprays”

  1. Hi I’m suffering from PE for a long time
    I lasts for only 30 seconds i tried all the natural ways to get rid of it but unfortunately doesn’t work now I’m planning to use delay spray
    I’m worried whether I can’t keep erection because of the numbness
    What should I do if it happens please reply

    1. Hi there
      Sorry to hear the natural ways didn’t work for you. Hopefully you’ll have more luck with the delay spray you try.
      Your question is one of the main problems with delay sprays. I’ve been having exactly that problem with the ones I’ve recently tested out. I’m planning to write an article about that issue soon, so keep an eye out on the blog!
      But to answer you briefly now, here are 4 things you can do that will help:

      1. Apply it when you’re erect and feeling very horny. In my experience, applying it when soft makes it more difficult to get erect and stay erect.
      2. Only apply the smallest amount necessary. These days I only ever use 1 spray with most of them, sometimes even less by just spraying my finger and then rubbing a little on.
      3. Wash it off as soon as the wait time is over, and get back to sexual activity as soon as possible – don’t hang around in the bathroom!
      4. Experiment with different sprays, quantities and area you spray. It can take time to work out what works best for you.
      5. Don’t spray the entire penis – leave areas normal so you can still receive full sensation on some areas, which should help avoid the erection problem.
      Hope that helps you!

  2. Recently I realize that when I spray on the frenulum of the penis, it causes a complete loss of erection even if I just spray once and waited for about 5 minutes before musturbation. That’s a bit wierd as back then when I spray on the frenulum, it didn’t cause a loss of erection.

      1. Hi Paul
        I’m not sure to be honest. I haven’t used it myself. I know it’s given for tattoos and injections, much like lidocaine. But unlike lidocaine, which is used in many delay sprays, I’ve never seen tetracaine as an active ingredient in a sex spray.

  3. Does it mean in using this spray / cream one cant make her woman pregnant?
    U hv replied to a comment not to use them if u want to inpregnant ur woman

  4. Tony Mathew

    I would like to know whether i can use a delay spray when i want to make my wife pregnant. I am using deadly shark 25000 and please let me if there is any side effects in future.

    1. Hi Tony
      Although there’s no scientific evidence I can quote, the advice I’ve seen from a couple of delay spray manufacturers is not to use it when attempting to conceive. So that’s a no I’m afraid…

  5. Pierre Says
    I want t know if its good to apply it and wash it before sex because my GF loves blowjob alot and what should that the Spray will not get into her mouth.

    1. Hi Pierre
      First you need to check if the particular spray you have is ok to use with oral sex. If it is, you definitely need to wash it well before oral sex. Personally, I think it’s good to spray it, wait a couple of minutes after rubbing it in. Then wash it with warm water and wait a few minutes more. Usually the effect is strong enough that even if you wash well, it will still stay working. I’ve experimented by having long shower with hot water and soap after applying promescent, and another time stud 100. And even after the shower, the spray was still working well.

  6. I do not last on bed n after one round it takes me long before I could go another n even wit that I won’t keep long n I don’t want 2 use these sexual enhancement drugs
    Pls I need a help cos ma fiancee is always on ma neck

  7. Anonymous

    Dear all, my advice for all of you guys is not to use this stuff. I have never tried one and will never try. natural sex is fun and full of joys, just complete your body energy with natural foods and fruit meanwhile having good exercise then see the result

    1. Hi there
      Hmmm…well, I do wonder why you’re reading and commenting on this article if it’s something you’re not interested in? The problem is that many guys struggle to have natural sex full of joy, so products like this can help. Same as with many things in life – you can’t just say to a person with depression ‘be happy’, for example. Having said that, I do agree that diet and exercise can help improve sexual functioning in general.

  8. I accidentally sprayed my penis head and I have developed a reddish rash and two soles on the sides. Am not circumcised what treatment must I used to get rid of this? And how dangerous is It?

    1. Hi Chrispin
      You’re supposed to spray the penis head, so doing that itself isn’t the problem. Developing a rash obviously isn’t good though. Which type of spray did you use? It shouldn’t cause any lasting damage – wash it well with warm soapy water (a gentle soap). If it stays after a couple of days, check with your doctor to be on the safe side.

  9. I need to ask that if i apply the staylong gel and wash it off gently will the gel still work? I usually covered it with a condom after applying the gel but my gf want to do it without condom

    1. Hi Ankush

      Usually they do still work after you wash it off, yes. But it’s good to check the instructions for the one you use. If you don’t use a condom, it’s especially important to wash it well to make sure it doesn’t transfer to your partner.

  10. Im pregnant and was wondering if i shoukd be cautious of numbing creams

  11. I bought ky duration I did not read the box. Went down on my girlfriend my tongue hasn’t felt right in almost a week. Can you get permenant nerve damage from it?

    1. Hi StaSta
      I haven’t heard of that happening. But a week seems a long time, and I’d see a doctor about it.

    1. Hi Zaksm
      If you want to test it and see the effect it has on your penis, then yes. But I can’t think of any other reason to try it without having any sexual activity.

  12. Samuel Dakah

    Hi, I have used the spray before but after applying it I don’t wash it before sex. This was so because a friend introduced it to me. Now I don’t get any desire for sex at all and secondly, my penis has shrunk becoming very small and thirdly, I don’t get erection at all. Pks any solution for me to gain my manhood back? Pls help me.

    1. Hi Samuel
      Which spray did you use? As far as I know, there’s no spray which can make your penis shrink in size – it sounds like a temporary problem that I imagine went away in a day or 2. If you’re still having problems by the time you read this reply, then I’d speak to your doctor. But I’m pretty sure things will have returned to normal within a few hours of you writing.

      1. Pls I am also facing the same problem now I don’t know why my friend who introduced me to used it has used it more than 3years now and he hasn’t face any problem like how am facing now. He told me to spray and wait for 20 to, 30 minutes and he didn’t tell me to wash it before having sex I did it as he always do it
        I don’t used it regular as my friend.
        Since 3 weeks now I don’t erect and I don’t feel for sex any all please help me to get my myhood back am afraid my pains is not going to work again.
        What surprise me most it that my friend who introduced me to used the dragon spray has not face this kind if problem before. Pls and pls help me gain my myhood back

        1. Hi Evans
          I think it’s important to consider other possibilities too. It’s very unusual that a delay spray would cause permanent erection problems. I can’t see why that would happen. So my advice would be to speak to your doctor and ask them for a check up to see if anything else could be causing your erection and libido problems.

  13. Anonymous

    I buy delay gel now I want use it now it is no problem ? And how I make apply the gel ?

  14. for the first time, I’m usually coming fast, I never tried any cream yet I would like to try one of these products, what is your recommendation for me should I use or not,
    if yes what type

  15. too risky

    i had sex with my partner after using 100000 viga spay but after 3 days she called me to tell me that her vagina itches a lot ,i dont have records of stds like gonorrhea n d rest
    am confused any help pls

    1. Hi
      If it’s still a problem, then she should see her doctor if she’s concerned about it. It’s unlikely to have been the spray days later, and there are plenty of other causes of vaginal itchiness. Advise her to speak to her doctor as nobody else can really tell her what it is.

  16. T. Allen

    If your penis turned black.Youre in luck.Now all you have to do is find a nice Black Chick.And ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.OR find any kind of nice LADY THAT’S INTO BLACK DUDE’S.AND YOU’RE STILL ALRIGHT!!!! BLACK ANGUS BEEF.

    1. Hi T
      Funny comment, but I’m not sure that all the guys who’ve had problems with delay sprays will see if this way though!

  17. I want to sex power cream . I am using first time . Which cream best in india . How uses this cream & gel . Plz give me idea . Thnku

    1. Hi Mithun
      I’d recommend getting Promescent. They ship to India if you order from them. You can read my promescent review here for more about that particular spray. As for using them, well it comes with instructions, but you can also read my article about using delay sprays and creams if you want to learn more about them in general.

    1. Hi Noman
      The side effects are discussed in the article! It’s better not to use any desensitizing product if you’re trying to get your partner pregnant.

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